- Sanjay Raut said the country got a successful PM after Narasimha Rao
- He said people respected Manmohan Singh
- His comments came amid controversy over 'The Accidental Prime Minister'
Amid an ongoing controversy surrounding former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh's biopic, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said he sees Mr Singh as a successful prime minister rather than an "accidental" one.
"If a Prime Minister governs the country for 10 years and the people respect him, I don't see him as an accidental prime minister. After Narasimha Rao, if the country has got a successful prime minister, it is Manmohan Singh," said Mr Raut.
Shiv Sena is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The trailer of Anupam Kher-starrer 'The Accidental Prime Minister', which recently came out, drew a lot of criticism from the Congress party, claiming the biopic poked holes in the portrayal of the former prime minister. The party also criticised the teaser saying the movie showed Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the wrong light.
Maharashtra Youth Congress raised objections over the movie and demanded its special screening to ensure that none of the scenes are factually incorrect.
The political controversy over the movie caught media attention after the BJP on Thursday shared its trailer calling the movie a "riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 years."
The Anupam Kher starrer is all set to release on January 11.
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.